White Tie extends your Visual Studio projects to make NuGet packaging, compiling documentation and deploying your open source software much easier.
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White Tie

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  • No configuration necessary. (*)
  • By default, White Tie only executes when building in Release mode.
  • Builds a NuGet package for your project. (Note that in Visual Studio 2013, NuGet Package Restore must be enabled on your solution.)
    • Code Contract assemblies, referenced assemblies, symbols, documentation files and NuGet dependency packages are included in the NuGet Package automatically.
    • Additional target framework flavors can be included by adding <NuGetFlavor /> items to your project.
  • Builds documentation for your project, if Sandcastle is already installed.
  • Controls whether common static analysis tools are executed.
  • Copies build output, including any <Content /> project items, to a local deployment directory under the solution. (Note that your project's output folder is unaffected. Output files will also appear in your project's bin folder as normal.)
  • Uses a consistent solution folder structure for various build dependencies and artifacts.
  • Provides many MSBuild properties and items, enabling complete customization if desired.
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Configuration Note

White Tie generates a .nuspec file with some of the default values derived from attributes in the output assembly. NuGet may generate an error when required values are missing. To avoid these errors, you must either:

The first choice is the simplest. In general, you only have to enter non-empty strings for AssemblyCompanyAttribute and AssemblyDescriptionAttribute to resolve any errors; however, you should review all of the attributes anyway to ensure that you get the desired output; e.g., AssemblyTitleAttribute, AssemblyCopyrightAttribute and AssemblyVersionAttribute are also used in the NuGet package.